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Mayu Ikemi, Co-researcher(Associate Professor, Faculty of Tourism, Sapporo International University)

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Mayu Ikemi graduated from the Department of Economics at Hokusei Gakuen University’s School of Economics in 2001 and completed a Master’s Program in Economics at the university’s Graduate School of Economics in 2003. She also completed a Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University in 2012. She received a Ph.D. in Economics. She engaged in research commissioned by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in South Africa from Aug. 2009 to Apr. 2010; she has served as Deputy Director of Hokkaido University Lusaka Office since Mar. 2013.
Publications
Relationships between Regional Socio-Economy and Community-Based Activity in Rural Africa: Comparative Analysis with Local Awareness and Assessment Using a Case Study in Senegal (in Japanese), Annual of the Society of Economic Sociology, 2011.

I have studied participatory development in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly engaging in fieldwork and analysis in rural Senegal. I strive to make interdisciplinary and practical contributions to rural development in Africa. I hope to continue to explore aspects of development including international assistance and cooperation, in which local residents take the lead in stimulating economic activity, improving living conditions, and maintaining these enhancements.

Islamov Bakhtiyor Anvarovich, Co-researcher (Branch of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) in Tashkent)

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BAKHTIYOR ISLAMOV is a professor of Economics, former Uzbek ambassador in Russia and Belarus, deputy foreign minister. His research interests include economics of development and systemic transformation in transition countries, specifically in Central Asian states and Russia, as well as economic reforms in China. 1977–Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations. 1981–degree “kandidat nauk” from IWSE, AS (Moscow). 2002 – Doctor of Economics from Tashkent State University of Economics. 1990-1992 Visiting scholar, Harvard University and NBER, USA. 1996-2001–Professor of the CNEAS, Tohoku University, and Professor of the IER, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. 2012 – onwards – professor of the Tashkent Branch of the REU. 2013- 2014-Visiting professor of the SRC, Hokkaido University. 2015- 2016–Specially appointed professor of the GSEBA, Hokkaido University, Japan.
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“Soviet Central Asia: Problems of Development in the Context of Republic-Center Relations, A Political-Economic Analysis”, DDP#413, Harvard University, December 1991, USA, 80p.; monograph “The Central Asian States Ten Years After: How to Overcome Traps of Development, Transformation and Globalization” published in Japan (Tokyo: Maruzen, 2001), 258 pp.; journal article is “The Central Asian States 20 Years after: “Puzzles” of Systemic Transformation”. Acta Slavica Iaponica, No XXXV, pp. 109-134 (2014).

Now he studies the problems of sustainable human development and intends to fill some gaps in transition and development economics contributing original alternative approach to the analysis of processes of systemic transformation undertaken by post-socialist countries.

Atsushi Ohyama, Co-researcher (Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research)

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Atsushi Ohyama graduated from Yokohama City University’s Faculty of Commerce in 1997 and completed Master’s Programs at Keio University’s Graduate School of Economics and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He earned a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2008. After serving as a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Illinois in the U.S., he assumed his present post in 2010.
Publications
Noisy Selection in the Evolution of Within-Firm Earnings Distribution and Firm Size Distribution, co-author, Small Business Economics, 37 (1), 2011; A Theory of Competitive Industry Dynamics with Innovation and Imitation, co-author, Review of Economic Dynamics, 10, 2007.

I have studied the processes of technological innovation and industrial development in a theoretical and empirical manner with focus on the roles of individuals, businesses, and institutions. While I was at the University of Illinois, I also researched the biofuel industry, tackling issues concerning environmental policy, corporate behavior, and technological innovation. One of my goals is to elucidate the pros and cons of real social and economic issues with emphasis on the accumulation of insights obtained from rigorous theoretical analysis and objective facts based on detailed data analysis.

João Romão, Co-researcher (Associate Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Business, Yasuda Women’s University)

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João Romão holds a Ph.D. in tourism (University of Algarve, 2012) and MSc. in Economics (University of Lisbon, 1995). He is a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics (University of Algarve) and Auxiliar Professor in tourism at Lusíada University (Lisbon), with research experiences at Yale University (USA, 2010), VU-Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2011 to 2013) and Hokkaido University (Japan, 2012). His research interests and consultancy experience are related to tourism, urban studies, regional development and spatial econometrics. João Romão is a co-chair of the Cluster on Tourism, Leisure and Recreation of NECTAR and a founding member of the Regional Science Academy.
Publications
Tourism Economics(ed. with Nijkamp and Matias ), Special Issue on Spatial and Sectorial Impact Studies in Tourism, 2016. Impact Assessment in Tourism Economics (ed. with Nijkamp and Matias), Springer-Verlag, Berlin,2016. Determinants of trip choice, satisfaction and loyalty in an eco-tourism destination: A modeling study on the Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan(joint paper), Ecological Economics, 107: 195-205,2014.11. Turismo e Lugar: Diferenciação Territorial,Competitividade e Sustentabilidade em Turismo , Escolar Editora, Lisboa, 168, 2013.

My current research is oriented to the application of spatial econometric techniques within a theoretical framework based on the endogenous growth analysis and the evolutionary economic geography conceptualization, aiming to study the relationships between endogenous resources, territorial capital, tourism competitiveness and sustainable development in European regions. Additionally, I am studying the potential development of Wellness Tourism in Hokkaido, using forecast methodologies, multi-criteria decision analysis and impact analysis.

Daichi, Yamada, Co-researcher (Research Fellow in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)

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International Christian University (2005-2009, BA in arts), Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University (2012-2014, MA in economics; 2014-2018, PhD in economics). Research Fellow in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo (2018 to present).
Publications
“Negative selection migration and education investment: theoretical investigation on the roles of remittances and the prospect of migration.” Economics Bulletin 38 (3), 1292-1301, 2018. “Labor Migration, Education Investment and Gender in Tajikistan: An empirical Analysis.” Japanese Journal of Comparative Economics 56 (1): 49-65, 2019. “Current trends of blood lead levels, distribution patterns and exposure variations among household members in Kabwe, Zambia.” Chemosphere 243. In press. (Co-authored with J. Yabe et al.)

My research topics include economics of labour migration, health, environmental pollution, and economic transition of former communist countries. I have approached to these topics from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Recently I have been engaged in inter-disciplinal studies on the socioeconomic influences of air pollution in Japan and in a project on the remediation of lead pollution in Zambia with researchers from engineering, veterinary and medical studies.

Takashi Yamamoto, Co-researcher

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In 2002, I graduated from Hirosaki University Faculty of Education — Elementary School Teacher Training Course. In 2011, I completed doctoral coursework at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University as a Ph.D. in Economics. From Apr. 2011 to Mar. 2012, I served as a Researcher at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University. From Apr. 2012 to Mar. 2014, I was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University.
Publications
“Pigou’s Early Opposition to Protective Tariffs and the Three Propositions of Welfare Economics,” The History of Economic Thought, 50 (2), 2009.

My research focuses on economic history, in particular that of the United Kingdom. Recently, I have also taken an interest in the history of trade policy disputes wherein various economists take part in the discussion. As such, I intend to advance research that refers to past academic theories in an effort to shed light on ways to resolve economic problems related to modern communities.

Aki Yoshimi, Co-researcher (Lecture, Faculty of Business Administration and Information Science, Hokkaido Information University)

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Aki Yoshimi graduated from Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Economics and Business in 2014, and partially completed a Doctoral Program at the university’s Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration with full credits. She took up a position as a Lecturer at Hokkaido Information University’s Faculty of Business Administration and Information Science in 2020. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree.
Publications
「コンテンツ産業に関する管理会計研究の現状と課題」『会計理論学会年報』第32号,34-43頁,2018年。「コンテンツ販売におけるマーケティングと―地方放送局番組の海外販売事例による検討―」『原価計算研究』第43巻1号,81-90頁,2019年。

Aki’s research seeks to broaden management accounting insights in cultural content industry. Creation of such contents are often affected by regional environment of the business development. Practice in management of the contents creation and spreads are fumbling and nebulous until this day, and its study will contribute to regional network.

Eiko Yuyama, Co-researcher

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In 2012, I completed doctoral coursework at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University toward a Ph.D. in Economics. From 2012 to 2014, I served as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University.
Publications
“The activities of Japanese merchants in French Indochina and the development of lacquer export to Japan between the 1910s and the beginning of the 1940s,” Socio-Economic History, 2011.

My research focuses on Japanese businesses in French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) prior to World War II. I have an interest in international specialization from a historical research perspective regarding local products handled by Japanese merchants, and aim to grasp the nature of current corporate expansion, human movement, and international specialization in general.